Story by Sam Cholke, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago:
HYDE PARK — Demolition began Tuesday on President Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home.
Crews from Heneghan Wrecking Co. were out with cranes fitted with large metal claws to pick apart the apartment building at 832 E. 57th St., where the 40th U.S. president lived with his parents in 1914 and 1915.
The University of Chicago bought the building in 2004 as part of a decadelong effort to buy all residential property immediately north of the hospital.
“The university plans to install a plaque at 832 E. 57th St. to commemorate President Reagan’s connection with that site,” the university said.